Press Releases : 2012/03

`Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?’ receives Design Prize

Published 2012/03/30

Photo: OCA / Asle Olsen

OCA's Verksted Publication
Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?
designed by NODE Berlin Oslo
Receives Grafill's Design Prize

OCA is pleased to announce the awarding of the publication Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? within the competition ‘Årets vakreste Bøker’ (‘The Most Beautiful Books of The Year’), organised annually by Grafill ­– the organisation for Norwegian graphic designers and illustrators. Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia?, designed by NODE Berlin Oslo, received the first prize in the category ‘Facts and Reference / Adult Literature’. According to the jury, the design of Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? has to be praised for ‘a documentation of an epoch, a theme and a movement with a humorous and unpretentious undertone’. They further add: ‘The choice of a soft cover is untraditional for a reference book that shall be used often and stay in the bookshelf for many years. This makes the book as an even more exiting object. The designer is familiar with the material and has acquired a good balance between pure documentation and essays and photographic references’. In a comment NODE says that ‘there is a lot of work behind the project – both from us, but mostly from OCA’s side. Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? is a very interesting project with a rich material source. We hope that the book will get the attention it deserves’. 

The awarded books will be on view on the 2nd floor of the National Library in Oslo until 12 April. The exhibition will then travel to Grafill’s offices in Rosenkrantz gate 21, Oslo, and will be on display until 27 April 2012.

Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandinavia? is an anthology edited by OCA’s Marta Kuzma and Pablo Lafuente that reflects upon the juncture of the political and the erotic in the 1960s and 70s, in special relation to the image of Scandinavia as a sexually and politically utopic territory during those decades. With a close reading of the cultural and socio-political history of Scandinavia, through the writings of Wilhelm Reich, Herbert Marcuse, Norman O. Brown, Daniel Guérin, Jacqueline Rose and others, and through an examination of the obscenity bonanza that emerged around Swedish film-maker Vilgot Sjöman‘s I Am Curious (Yellow), the publication offers a plethora of historical material and an investigation of the political motivations behind naming a cultural form obscene and pornographic.

The anthology is published by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway and Koenig Books, London, with generous support from Fritt Ord. It can be purchased through OCA’s website and in bookstores internationally.

OCA’s Public Space
From 29 March until 23 June OCA presents PORTRAIT PORTRAIT OF OF A A GENERATION GENERATION by artist and author Matias Faldbakken, curated by Marta Kuzma. In sourcing iconic sculptures produced in the 20th century, the artist essentially de-skills modernist aspirations toward the aerodynamic, the minimal, and the abstract by acrobating revered works of ‘art’ into vessels for intoxication.

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